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Divinity: Dragon Commander Pre-Orders Give Players the Imperial Edition — Includes Immediate Beta Access

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Today Larian Studios announces the Divinity Dragon Commander: Imperial Edition, a special collector’s edition of Divinity: Dragon Commander that is free for everyone who preorders (or has pre-ordered) the game (some restrictions apply). Read this blog post for details and restrictions.

It includes:

  • A unique development documentary video
  • An extra campaign map that has dragons fight for control of the Earth
  • A golden skin for your Dragon Emperor
  • A beautifully remastered version of the soundtrack by Kirill Pokrovsky
  • Dragon Commander’s best kept secret: an overview of all the choices and consequences in the game (you’ll be amazed)
  • Immediate beta access(**)

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Steam Trading Cards are no longer in Beta


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Valve has officially released Steam Trading Cards, a new service that rewards gamers for gaming on Steam.

Expanding out of beta today, Steam Trading Cards will allow customers to earn Steam rewards for playing the games they love. Those who participate will receive game-specific trading cards that can be collected to earn rewards such as game badges, profile backgrounds, emoticons, coupons, and more. The group of titles participating in Steam Trading Cards numbers over 30 titles and includes GRID 2, Company of Heroes 2, FTL, Monaco, Trine 2, Super Meat Boy, Sanctum 2, Magicka, Brütal Legend and Left 4 Dead 2. The service will expand over the coming months to include many more titles on Steam.

For more information on Steam Trading Cards visit http://steamcommunity.com/tradingcards/

DoorKickers – A Preview of the Alpha

Let’s celebrate some doorkicking and Alpha gameplay, shall we? Ed Acosta joins me in watching me play (and fail) at Doorkickers:

Star Wars Pinball Coming to Nintendo eShop on Wii U

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Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, today announced Star Wars® Pinball is headed to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The downloadable game will be available July 11 in North America ($9.99) and Europe (€9.99) featuring three Star Wars themed tables including StarWars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackBoba Fett and Star WarsThe Clone Wars.

Players will choose to support the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance with high scores as the Star Wars Pinball community fights for the Balance of the Force! The main game user interface will change dynamically, based on how the community chooses to support each side.

Star Wars Pinball supports the Wii U GamePad, allowing players display redirection to the GamePad screen from the TV and back. Additionally, when used as the Secondary Display, the GamePad displays additional controls and game information including dot matrix, scores, and challenge information.

Additional game features include in game challenges and score notifications, an XP progression system allowing players to move up the ranks based on Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance support, Force Score and friends-based Team Score leaderboards, and several multiplayer modes.

Star Wars Pinball will cost $9.99 in North America and €9.99 in Europe.

GOG Celebrates #NoDRM Summer Sale

June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere–the Summer Solstice. GOG.com has decided to help gamers celebrate that day with an uninterrupted fiesta of gaming by making the Longest Day of #NoDRM Gaming: from now until 12:59 PM GMT on 22 June 2013 they have more than 150 games–every daily deal in the 2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale from now until the end of 5 July–85% off! The Longest Day of #NoDRM Gaming Sale has arrived on GOG!

Among the games available on sale there will be plenty of both immortal classics and hot new indies. To keep gamers occupied on such a long, long day the DRM-free Digital Distributor serves up scintillating deals on award-winning titles like perspective-shifting puzzle platformer FEZ (50% off, for $4.99), pixelated point-and-click robotic adventure Primordia, wilderness survival sandbox horror Don’t Starve (33% off, for $9.99), challenging spacecraft command roguelike FTL: Faster Than Light (75% off, for $2.49), RPG Game of The Year 2011 dark fantasy masterpiece The Witcher 2 (70% off, for $5.99), and Dungeons & Dragons hall of fame membersBaldur’s Gate 2Neverwinter NightsPlanescape: Torment (all 80% off).

The Longest Day of #NoDRM Gaming Sale takes over the Internets at 13:00 pm GMT (that’s 14:00London time, 09:00 in New York, and 06:00 in Los Angeles) and runs until 12:59 pm GMT the following day. It does not mean, however, that gamers shouldn’t devote some time to a brand new title. GOG.com’s newest indie releaseMagrunner: Dark Pulse, an intriguing action puzzler mixing physics-based challenges with an involving Sci-Fi story and some Cthulhu mythos, is available for $19.99 at the DRM-free home of the best gaming has to offer.

TrackMania² Stadium is Out Now

Ubisoft and Nadeo have today released the PC racing game TrackMania² Stadium for £7.99/$9.99/€9.99. The game is available on the ManiaPlanet platform and downloadable through trackmania.com and via Steam.

TrackMania² Stadium is the latest in the successful Trackmania series, a racing game phenomenon with over 12 million registered users.Stadium benefits from a new single-player campaign, new content creation tools, as well as an overhauled graphics and lighting engine. This engine provides high-quality, scalable visuals, and the new content and creation tools offer greater diversity for the TrackMania community.

TrackMania² Stadium is the next evolution of the series and a fitting successor to the popular TrackMania Nations Forever. TrackMania Nations Forever gathered over 1 million players in its first few weeks and has grown ever since, reaching over 12 million players by 2013.

“I’m happy to confirm to theTrackManiaplayers, that the Stadium environment is coming toManiaPlanetasTrackMania² Stadium. This is a new start for our most popular and beloved racing environment. As a matter of fact, having it as a part ofManiaPlanetwithTM² Canyonand the upcomingTM² Valley, will enable us at Nadeo and the community to makeTM² Stadiumcome alive thanks to new features, content and evolutions along the way.” said Nadeo live Publishing Director, Anne Blondel-Jouin.

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Magrunner Dark Pulse – Launch Trailer tells you that the game is out

Magrunner Dark Pulse, the action/physics game from Frogwares studio, is now available on PC! On this occasion, we are pleased to share with you an impressive launch trailer.

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Air Conflicts: Vietnam announced by Kalypso Media for PC and current-gen Consoles

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Kalypso Media USA has signed a deal to publish bitComposer Games’ arcade-action air combat game, Air Conflicts: Vietnam, in North America. Air Conflicts: Vietnam will be available this fall for Windows PC, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam takes players to the skies above Southeast Asia during the most heated moments of the Vietnam War, and challenges them to fly both fixed-wing combat planes and helicopters of the era. The game offers an extensive single-player campaign in which players will protect allied troops, launch assaults on enemy positions, engage in daring dogfights and much more. In online multiplayer, gamers can take to the skies in both American and Soviet-supplied North Vietnamese jets used during the conflict in furious eight-player aerial battles.

“The Conflict in Vietnam remains a fascinating and rich period in history. The introduction of helicopters into mainstream support and combat roles changed the face of war and offers a great setting for interactive storytelling,” said Mario Kroll, Vice President of Kalypso Media USA. “bitComposer has been an excellent publishing partner and we are delighted to share their take on the fierce battles in the skies over Vietnam with North American armchair pilots.”

Vietnam. 1965. A long-simmering conflict escalates into a full-fledged war, and you are about to become a big part of it. Jump into the cockpit of some of the finest combat aircraft as young Joe Thompson, a newly minted U.S. Air Force pilot. He is brave, talented and ready to do his duty, but his experiences during this war will change him forever.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam is an arcade-styled air-combat game that immerses players in the harrowing skies over Vietnam. Take to the air in screaming fighter jets or grab the controls of devastating helicopter gunships as you shatter enemy encampments with explosive ordinance, decimate North Vietnamese ace fighter squadrons, escort bombers as they deliver their deadly payload, or rescue stranded soldiers and deliver support troops to the ever-changing front lines of the vicious battlefield.

Key Features:

  • Live a thrilling wartime narrative. In an epic single-player campaign, filled with heroic moments and the darker side of war, your performance in air combat and support missions drives the story from the initial escalation of tension, through key battles of the Vietnam War and, ultimately, the fall of Saigon.
  • Jump into the cockpit for instant action. Pilot and customize more than 20 planes and – for the first time in the Air Conflict series – helicopters, including the workhorse UH-1 Iroquois, fire-breathing AH-1 Cobra attack gunships, the devastating F4 Phantom and F104 Starfighter jets, plus fearsome enemy MIG fighter jets.
  • Lead your squadron to victory. Command up to four jets or helicopters, maximizing their unique abilities to complete challenging objectives, while earning experience, leveling up and improving your leadership and air combat skills.
  • Challenge your friends for air supremacy. Play up to eight online opponents in nail-biting, fast-paced capture-the-flag, deathmatch and team deathmatch air battles.
  • Get your groove on. As you test your pilot skills against AI or human opponents, treat your ears to a cool rock soundtrack in the style of vintage Vietnam-era tunes.

ArmA 3 goes into Beta on June 25th

Today Bohemia Interactive confirmed the 25th of June as the official release date for the Arma 3 Beta. Building upon the well-received Arma 3 Alpha, the Arma 3 Beta features a varied selection of brand new content – including 10 vehicles, 7 weapons, 4 showcase missions (Combined Arms, Supports, Commanding & Night), 2 multiplayer scenarios and 4 challenges.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Stratis (20 km²), the Arma 3 Beta turns its focus towards firepower and logistics. The Challenges game mode will also be making its first appearance, enabling players to practice their weapons handling and movement across a selection of firing drills. Plus, all of the content from the Arma 3 Alpha will be available, alongside the popular scenario editor and modding support.

Joris-Jan van ‘t Land, Project Lead on Arma 3, adds:

“Having just showed off the Beta for Arma 3 at E3 2013, we are keen to get it into gamers’ hands quickly. Bringing some heavy firepower and additional transport options will allow for more diverse scenarios in both singleplayer and multiplayer. We also can’t wait to open up the Steam Workshop scenario publication, which will make content-sharing with other players much more convenient.”

People who are currently participating in the Arma 3 Alpha will gain access to the Arma 3 Beta through an automatic Steam update. Those who are new to Arma 3 can join in by purchasing the Arma 3 Beta (which includes a version of the full game) from Steam or Store.bistudio.com.

The price of the Arma 3 Beta, in comparison to the Arma 3 Alpha, will be increased. The regular Arma 3 Beta will be available for 34.99 EUR/29.99 GBP/44.99 USD (current price: 24.99 EUR/19.99 GBP/32.99 USD), while the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition will be sold for 44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD (current price: 39.99 EUR/34.99 GBP/49.99 USD). Please note that the current (heavily discounted) Alpha deal, which includes Beta-access and the full game, will still be available until Tuesday June 25th.

Those who would like to sponsor development further have the option to purchase the Arma 3 Supporter Edition (69.99 EUR/59.99 GBP/91.99 USD) from Store.bistudio.com. The Arma 3 Alpha Lite, a free but limited variant of the Arma 3 Alpha, will be discontinued after June 25th.

Prime World goes into Open Beta starting This Weekend

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After several limited behind-closed-doors beta events, Prime World is ready for a grander entrance to a wider world. Starting this Friday, anyone can join the battle and try an award-winning competitive RPG for him or herself. The first Open Beta weekend has arrived!

This weekend Nival will open seven modes of Prime World, including the PvE and single-player “Challenges” that were unveiled at E3 last week.

The Beta Weekend will start at June 21, 11AM PST (2PM EST) and last until June 24, 1AM PST(4AM EST). No invitation is necessary and no progress will be wiped once the beta ends, so you’ll be able to carry on with your heroes and castle in all future battles after that.

To learn more about Prime World and join the fray, visit http://playpw.com.